Diet and health

A diet high in processed food was one of the risk factors associated with early death.

Poor diet is biggest contributor to early death globally

By Niamh Michail

Poor diet and high blood pressure are the top two contributors to early death around the world, with high salt intake a ‘key component’ in raising blood pressure, according to a study published in Lancet Journal.

The marketing of food that is high in fat, sugar and salt has been linked to increased child obesity - but food and drink companies disagree.

Readers' Survey

The big debate: Marketing junk food to children

By Niamh Michail

Marketing 'junk' food to children is raising blood pressure all round - and that's just the debate. FoodNavigator looks at some of the arguments that have been made in recent years and asks you, the reader, what you think.

Heinz drops healthy claim from sugary baby food

By Niamh Michail

Heinz has removed the word ‘healthy’ from adverts for sugary biscotti for babies – but the campaigner who filed the complaint has slammed the powerlessness of advertising regulators and impunity of Heinz as the word will remain on the packaging.

Manufacturers need to think about fructose bad press and reformulate fast, says analyst

Will fructose follow trans fats’ fate?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mounting scientific evidence and a shift in public opinion could mean fructose is set to follow the same black-listed fate as trans fats, argues an analyst.

Sweden to inform future children's nutrition policy with 3,000-strong survey

Sweden to take 2-day snapshot of kids’ diets

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Swedish Food Authority (NFA) will look at what 3,000 children eat and drink over two days as part of a study into the diets of the country's youth. 

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